The Florence and Southern Italy Restoration Workshop provides an exciting opportunity for students of varying ages and backgrounds to deepen their personal and cultural experiences and creative skills. Offered twice, in June and July, the workshop consists of a month-long, hands-on exploration of restoration and conservation. Along with related historical, religious and cultural insights, the workshop balances studio instruction on the LdM premises in Florence with field work in an inspiring Italian location.
During the three weeks in Florence, participants will work in the Restoration Department of the LdM Institute, working exclusively on authentic furniture, wooden sculptures, paintings and/or the technique of gilding, based on artifact availability.
One week will take place in Rocca Imperiale, a medieval town located in the Calabria region in the Taranto Gulf, 4 km from the sea. The region is of extraordinary historical, cultural, and archaeological value: it was once a flourishing, ancient Greek settlement due to its fertile ground and strategic position. In Rocca Imperiale, participants will work on authentic artifacts located in a 17th century church.
Cultural and recreational activities in Calabria may include meeting the town’s mayor, who will present the opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of the town: a visit to a typical southern Italian farmhouse, a dinner to taste local food and traditional dishes, and a swim in the crystal-clear Mediterranean sea.
Archaeological Conservation Field School at Castelluccio
Lorenzo de’ Medici is offering a 4-week Archaeological Conservation Field School in association with CAMNES (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies), the Municipality of Rignano sull’Arno and the University of Florence. The program will focus on the restoration of the medieval site of "Castellum de Rignano" or "Castelluccio," just north of Florence, near the village of Rignano sull'Arno.
The archaeological project, "Il Castelluccio di Rignano," is directed by Prof. Guido Vannini, Chair of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Florence, and is focused on gaining an understanding of the historical events that led to the success, abandonment or complete transformation of these particular types of settlements.
Participants will be introduced to the practices of conservation and restoration. During the course of the conservation process, participants will work alongside Italian students on the fragments of ceramic and masonry structures retrieved from this once very active site.
As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence is celebrated as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Galileo Galilei changed forever the way we see the world. For centuries, travelers and admirers of the arts and culture have fallen in love with both the city and its enchanting countryside. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its unique monuments and architecture, Florence has become the epitome of a global city, reflecting the world's diverse cultures, ethnicities, ideas, and forms of creativity, while remaining faithful to its strong artistic tradition.
About the Site
Located in the hills of Valdarno, Castelluccio is a small, fortified settlement that profoundly changed the appearance of the Italian countryside during the central Middle Ages (11-13 century AD). The program is held in a castle once inhabited by an ancient noble family of Florentine origin, who controlled much of the surrounding territory dating back to 1089. Castelluccio di Rignano represents a key-site for the archaeological survey, as it contributes to the historical reconstruction of the Florentine territory.